Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘others were treated at the scene of the accident for cuts and bruises’
location, site, place, position, point, spot
arena, stage, set
2‘tapestries and shields adorned the wall, setting the scene for the conference’
background, setting, context, milieu, backdrop
mise en scène
3‘there had been terrible scenes of violence in Europe’
incident, event, episode, happening, moment
4‘an impressive mountain scene’
view, vista, outlook, panorama, prospect, sight
picture, tableau, spectacle
5‘she made an embarrassing scene outside the bank’
fuss, exhibition of oneself, performance, tantrum, outburst, commotion, disturbance, row, upset, contretemps, furore, brouhaha
informal song and dance, to-do
British informal carry-on
6‘Michael never joined in—I don't think it was his scene’
area of interest, field of interest, field, interest, speciality, territory, province, preserve
sphere, world, milieu, realm, domain
7‘the last scene of the play’
subdivision, division, section, segment
8‘a scene from a Laurel and Hardy film’
section, segment, part, clip, sequence
1‘informal discussions continued behind the scenes’
secretly, in secret, privately, in private, behind closed doors, clandestinely, surreptitiously
confidentially, off the record
on the quiet, on the q.t.
2‘behind-the-scenes diplomatic activity’
secret, private, clandestine, surreptitious
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